Category Archives: Aidan Foster-Carter

So, what was that inter-Korean crisis about? And who won?

http://www.nknws.org/2015/08/so-what-was-that-inter-korean-crisis-about-and-who-won/ Laydeez and gennlemen! I hereby claim the prize for the Article Most Instantly Overtaken By Events. Any other bidders? There may well be. On Planet Pundit, this goes with the territory. On Monday August 24, with North and South … Continue reading

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North Korea, darkness risible: The ironies of Sonygate

‘Interview’ hacking scandal has all the makings of a Hollywood flick, except the villain may be innocent http://www.nknews.org/2015/01/north-korea-darkness-risible-the-ironies-of-sonygate/ As a movie plot it would be gripping, if far-fetched. A rising young comic, who happens to be Canadian, makes a film … Continue reading

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Fun on the dark side

http://www.the-tls.co.uk/tls/reviews/other_categories/article1279157.ece AIDAN FOSTER-CARTER Victor Cha THE IMPOSSIBLE STATE North Korea, past and future 530pp. Bodley Head. £25. 978 1 84792 235 9 John Everard ONLY BEAUTIFUL, PLEASE A British diplomat in North Korea 260pp. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center. Paperback, £12.99 … Continue reading

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Hitting Below the Belt: Pyongyang Spills the Beans on Secret Summit Talks

By Aidan Foster-Carter http://38north.org/2011/07/aidanfc070811/ Just when you thought inter-Korean relations couldn’t get any worse, they do. The North has found a fresh weapon, and on June 1, 2011 launched a sneak attack on the South—with a follow-up ambush a week … Continue reading

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Protestants protest: South Korea’s church militant

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Korea/MC09Dg01.html Long ago, maybe around 1994, I took a slow train from Pusan – or Busan, if you insist – to Seoul. (No KTX bullet train in those days; though that’s been having its problems lately.) It was October, and … Continue reading

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Korea’s pulpit bullies take aim at Islam

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Korea/MC09Dg01.html Long ago, maybe around 1994, I took a slow train from Pusan – or Busan, if you insist – to Seoul. (No KTX bullet train in those days; though that’s been having its problems lately.) It was October, and … Continue reading

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China Help with North Korea? Fuggedaboutit!

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2010/11/26/china_help_with_north_korea_fuggedaboutit?page=full Some years ago, much to my surprise, I persuaded FP’s then editor Moises Naim to drop the expression “Fuggedaboutit!” from these august columns. Chirpy is one thing, vulgar another. It was kind of Venezuela’s former trade minister to heed … Continue reading

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For the Kims, the weakest link is family

By Aidan Foster-Carter http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Korea/LJ22Dg01.html I’m a sociologist, by discipline. Or indiscipline, do I hear you sneer? True, my subject has its share of what one eminent sociologist, Garry Runciman, has called ”attitude and platitude”. Plenty of obfuscating jargon, too. Nor … Continue reading

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Green initiatives

In November in Seoul, at The Economist Conferences Business Roundtable with the South Korean government, President Lee Myung-bak and his full team of economic ministers and other top officials all harped a good deal on green themes. I append the relevant section … Continue reading

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Roh Moo-hyun

Obituary commissioned by The Guardian. Completed 24 May 2009. Edited version published on 25 May 2009 at http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/may/24/roh-moo-hyun-obituary Combative South Korean president who challenged the old elite Aidan Foster-Carter Roh Moo-hyun, who ended his life on Saturday aged 62, was … Continue reading

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